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In a key moment of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne finds himself walking through a special section of the batcave, featuring a display of a Robin costume (identifiable by the "R" on his left shoulder). Because of the spray-painted "Joke’s On You Batman," fans have assumed that this is the outfit worn by Jason Todd – the only Robin to die at the hands of The Joker – but creators have remained mum. Well, now we have a bit more evidence pointing to Robin’s identity as Jason thanks to an interestingly timed bit of social media:
That post on the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Instagram account comes paired with a quote from Bruce Wayne – "Twenty years in Gotham, how many good guys are left?" – but what’s more significant is the date that it was posted: April 27th. Why is this a big deal? Well, as one Reddit user recently pointed out, Jason Todd in the comics officially died on April 27, 1985:
Of course, 1985 is 31 years ago, not 20, but that’s ignoring the significant portion of the speculation. It’s possible that this is a sly way of confirming that the dead Robin in the DC Extended Universe is in fact Jason Todd. It might also just be a social media person who is also a comic book fan having some fun, not actually knowing anything that’s going on behind the scenes of the franchise.
This is far from the only bit of speculation that’s been circling about Jason Todd in the DCEU, as there’s also been talk about Jared Leto’s Joker actually being Jason Todd, who was driven mad by the real Joker (some pointing to the second half of the Bruce quote mentioned above: "How many stayed that way?"). What do you think? Who do you think is the dead Robin of the DCEU? Do you think there's any chance we could someday see Todd's story extended in a live-action adaptation of the beloved "Under The Red Hood"? Hit the comments section below with your thoughts and personal theories on the matter.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters now.